European boost for electric charging
UK-based electric boat charging entrepreneur Aqua superPower installed its first marine fast charger in Spain in May and also played a prime role in “powering up” the Venice Boat Show.MDL Sant Carles Marina at the mouth of the River Ebro near the town of La Ràpita – the first marina in Spain to install Tesla electric car chargers – has also become the first Spanish marina to join the Aqua superPower network.
“Given the urgent need to reduce carbon emissions, marinas, ports and harbours are looking to incorporate sustainable technologies and practices into their operations to reduce pollution and mitigate their environmental impact,” said Sant Carles general manager Nicolás González. “We have always aimed to lead the way and our decision to be the first in Spain to join the Aqua superPower network, is to become a leading destination for electric boats and the first charging hub along the Catalonian coast marine fast charging corridor.”
Aqua superPower CEO, Alex Bamberg, commented: “This installation is the realisation of Aqua superPower’s recent partnership with the Catalan Association of Tourist Marinas (ACPET). We are delighted to be working with MDL Sant Carles Marina as the first in Spain and Catalonia to join Aqua’s fast charge network. This also fits well into our partnership with MDL Marinas Group.”
“Access to charging that provides a reliable ‘plug and charge’ experience and offers features like charge point visibility, is essential for boat owners if they are to develop the confidence to transition to electric boats,” he added.
The company also had a notable presence at this year’s Venice Boat Show by teaming up with Italian charge point manufacturer, e-concept, as technical partners. They installed 20 marine chargers within the historic Arsenale.
Electric boats featured prominently in the boat show programme, with 36 electric boats on display and several significant world premieres announced. The show also hosted its second E-Regatta, an endurance competition between a range of electric boats.
Aqua superPower introduced its fast charge network at the Venice Boat Show back in 2021. Since then, it has expanded across Italy, France, Canada and the USA, together with the UK’s first charging network in Plymouth. In Italy, the company has installations in Venice, Portofino and along the Italian Riviera and a roll-out along the shores of Lake Maggiore begins this year.